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All you need to know about the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2020.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced APA 2020 on 19 June 2020, encompassing the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.
The deadline to apply for APA 2020 is Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 12:00. Applicants are encouraged to submit in good time before the deadline. Awards are expected during the first quarter of 2021.
Since APA 2019, the predefined areas (APA acreage) have been expanded by 36 blocks in the Norwegian Sea. Applications can be submitted for all available blocks or parts of blocks within the predefined areas. Blocks or parts of blocks that become available less than 3 months prior to the application deadline, cannot be applied for.
That means that all acreage approved for relinquishment in the period up to three months prior to the application deadline is considered to be announced as of the application deadline. Relinquished area is included on a continuous basis in the predefined area on the NPD’s interactive Factmap, and maps covering the final area that can be applied for will be provided as soon as practically possible. See links below.
Extended map updates
The NPD's interactive maps are closed for new updates from Monday 6 July 2020, this including as many relinquished licences as possible in the acreage available for APA 2020.
Each company that applies for production licences in APA 2020 must submit the following to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy:
The submission to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is via L2S Authority Communication.
The submission to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) shall be sent in any electronic format. L2S Authority Communication is one possible solution for submission this year.
The formal application letter with an overview of all applications the company is participating in, both individually and as a participant in group application(s), shall be submitted together with the company information. See Guide to application letter and company information APA 2020 for more information.
An application fee of NOK 123,000 must be paid for each application to APA 2020, including applications for additional acreage. When several companies join in a group application to apply for a production licence, this counts as one application. One of the members of the group pays the fee.
Payment shall be made to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, account no.: 7694.05.00326, marked "APA2020 (block number)". A copy of the receipt must be enclosed with the application letter from the company.
Each application for a production licence in APA 2020 must be submitted in electronic format. See Guide to Application for Production Licence APA 2020.